YEAH! began as a feminist organization in 2003 – the second-ever female-only Rock Camp in the world. There are now hundreds of Rock Camps, bound in mission by the International Girls Rock Camp Alliance. That feminist mission has grown to encapsulate discussion and work to liberate all oppressed peoples, from anti-racist work to openly acknowledging the history of the land we occupy. YEAH! staff and board also remain committed to actively naming and addressing the deep well of violence that disproportionately affects communities of color. We recognize that every day provides us with the opportunity to work on dismantling our own white supremacy values, so that we are better equipped to teach the youth we serve.
Our work must be adaptable and willing to shift. We are committed to continually remaking ourselves and boldly engaging the discomfort of change and transition with transparency. We are constantly learning how to challenge systemic oppression and how to love each other better.
This resources page is consistently updated and examined by our team – and is most effective with community participation. This list is a starting point for us to educate ourselves and encourage conversation among our team and in our personal lives. The real work begins when we jump from the page into action. We believe that consistent, rigorous education and tangible action must co-exist and inform each other and that this self-education and conversation with our friends and family is lifelong work.
As one of the International Girls Rock Camp Alliance Points of Unity states, “Our work is a direct attempt to amplify voices that have otherwise been told to be silent. Music, art, and creative expression are our tools in building a loud, celebratory, and formidable movement. We do not use these tools by accident; we use them because music and creative expression are accessible, community-based, collaborative, and political.” Let us co-create a new world and step forward together into something bright.
If you have a resource, article, or video you’d like to see listed here, please send it to firstname.lastname@example.org!
Recognizing White Supremacy: A resource to identify characteristics of white supremacy culture that show up in our individual identities, our institutions, and our communities.
Anti-racism Resources for White People: A Google Doc
How to Survive the End of the World: A Podcast with the Brown Sisters
Here are some of the organizations that we are supporting financially as a staff and a board as of 2021. We continue to be amazed at the generosity, creativity, and kindness that has come out of the community during the rebuilding of our city after the tornadoes and during the pandemic. Please join us if you have the means: